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I am a man! : race, manhood, and the civil rights movement

by Estes, Steve.

Format: Print Book 2005
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E185.61.E76 2005
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  E185.61.E76 2005
 
 
Summary
The civil rights movement was first and foremost a struggle for racial equality, but questions of gender lay deeply embedded within this struggle. Steve Estes explores key groups, leaders, and events in the movement to understand how activists used race and manhood to articulate their visions of what American society should be.



Estes demonstrates that, at crucial turning points in the movement, both segregationists and civil rights activists harnessed masculinist rhetoric, tapping into implicit assumptions about race, gender, and sexuality. Estes begins with an analysis of the role of black men in World War II and then examines the segregationists, who demonized black male sexuality and galvanized white men behind the ideal of southern honor. He then explores the militant new models of manhood espoused by civil rights activists such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., and groups such as the Nation of Islam, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Black Panther Party.



Reliance on masculinist organizing strategies had both positive and negative consequences, Estes concludes. Tracing these strategies from the integration of the U.S. military in the 1940s through the Million Man March in the 1990s, he shows that masculinism rallied men to action but left unchallenged many of the patriarchal assumptions that underlay American society.

Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
African American civil rights workers -- Attitudes -- History -- 20th century.
African American men -- Attitudes -- History -- 20th century.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Masculinity -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sex role -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sexism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Racism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations.
Publisher Chapel Hill :University of North Carolina Press,2005
Language English
Description x, 239 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-233) and index.
ISBN 0807829293 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807855936 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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